The other books are on hold. My Random House editor would like me to go back to writing for younger characters (10-12) for a while. To do that, I’m going to the Eastern and Southern Lands when they were part of one empire, shortly before the immortals were banished to the Realms of the Gods, 400 years before Alanna.
Tamora Pierce has been one of my favorite authors for a long time.1 I follow her blog, and when the fact that she was doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit popped up, I was very excited. I’ve been reading my way through the whole thing, and if you’re a fan of her work I recommend you do the same – it’s a great look at her personality, and some of the decisions she’s made as a writer.2
- It’s to the point that I describe reading her books as ‘comfort reading’ – the nerd’s equivalent of sitting down with a pint of ice cream and a spoon. The best part? Her books are well-written and feature a diverse cast – it’s so much healthier than the ice cream! ↩
Another of my favorite quotes from her, identifying something that I worry about when writing a lot:
Of course I’ve considered having a queer person as a hero or love interest–I’m just waiting for the right idea. I’m very nervous about it, because I don’t want to screw up!